London rioters: A generation who have no reason to respect their parents or police

On an unprecedented scale, our elders have spent entire nations’ savings with shocking irresponsibly. They lie and send the poor’s youth to wars with no reasons and no ends. They have all but destroyed an entire planet’s environment—one that they forget they have only borrowed from their children.

London is burning. But it is not alone.

Remember Paris in 2005? Those were kids with no jobs, no prospects, and nothing to lose.

Athens in 2008 and then again in 2011? For decades, the old men running Greece have bankrupt the nation ensuring people their age will always enjoy pensions beyond any nation’s realistic financial means. The children finally noticed.

Looking to Asia, in 2010 alone, Chinese authorities officially registered an almost-incomprehensible 180,000 “mass incidents” (at an internal security cost of US$83.5 billion).

Or consider the Arab Spring, which so far has seen youth-driven protests topple governments in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya. Those are countries where the median age is very low, and unemployment rates are very high.

How about Barcelona, earlier this year? Rome, a few months before? Santiago, Chile, just last week? Or Tel Aviv? Again, all riots battled by people who were young and angry about the futures their parents are leaving them.

Then there was Toronto, back in June 2010. Tens of thousands of youths took to the streets after international leaders for years failed to even take serious issues of peak oil or climate change. Protesters gathered in the wake of an economic crisis that saw government’s primarily response be to borrow trillions and give it to the disaster’s creators, no strings attached.

On such issues, the people shouted to be heard. And then more than 1,100 of them were taken into custody in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. (One year later, just 24 were convicted of any crime.) One must conclude that nobody wanted to listen.

As I write this, Britain is bracing for its fifth straight night of fire and violence. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister David Cameron described societal groups taking part in the riots as “not just broken, but sick”.

There was no mention of ever-growing economic disparities or what Globe and Mail correspondent Doug Saunders aptly labelled, the “futureless youth“.

But those issues are at the core of a discontent that is growing around the world.

Yesterday (August 9), a column in the Guardian attempted to shine some actual light on such matters. Its editor applied the headline, “London rioters: A generation who don’t respect their parents or police“.

It should have read, “A generation who have no reason to respect their parents or police”.

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seth
Would have been nice if the morons actually decided to vote instead of rioting.

It was these idiots whose absence on voting day, gave Our Dear Fascist Supreme Leader for Life a majority government and his somewhat less religious counterpart in England his prime minister posting.

With their stupidity, Canada's fascist government now has 5 years to cut taxes for the rich and corporations, build lotsa prisons to house the wayward Ute, and create lotsa police, prison guards and army jobs to get the rest goosestepping in God's army. Those will be the only jobs available when the fascist's finish cutting the size of government to the bone and the attorney run private sector continues its pattern of stuffing the pockets of the rich and associated Sw3iss bank accounts instead of investing in industry.

Too many videos, no reading skills I assume. Truly, shit fer brains.
seth
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Advocate
I am not an anarchist so I disagree with the Lupick rant and the anti-religious bigotry of "Seth".
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Daniel
It goes farther then just the police and parents, too. We/they have no reason to respect the government, either, since all they seem to do is shit all over us and ignore everyone but the ones that don't need their help, I.E Oil and Gas corporations. It's a huge problem, and it really needs to be fixed, since if not, I fear this may not be the end of the riots.

And, I'm not defending the rioters, since they are destroying their own lives and unless they cripple the entire nation, they won't hurt who they want to hurt. Just themselves.
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Go to hell baby boomers
I have no respect for you. You're selfish, and greedy. The only thing you did was the sexual revolution. But the pill as birth control wasn't invented by one of you. Your parents did.

You got high when you were younger and brought the world to its knee when you were in charge. You were thursty for your freedom and you now bring fascism back.

You do not deserve my respect and I don't want to help you in anyway shape or form. I hope you go away as soon as possible.
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Xtina
You're either part of the problem or part of the solution. Travel to the Middle East or Barcelona and you see the youth are just as ravenously consumeristic as their parents.
Stop the negativity, channel it into progressive change. And like Philip Larkin said:"And don't have kids yourself"!
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John H
Correct me if I'm wrong, but did this article just say it's okay for people to riot in London right now? No matter what the government does wrong, no matter what your parents or police did to you, you have no right to steal private possessions or destroy private property and harm other people.

I am a youth who is working hard pursuing a career and paying for my own tuition while doing so. My parents grew up in farms, my grandparents escaped from communists... no way can you say I am bourgeoisie. I have very little sympathy for these youth who are projecting their first world issues through protests and complaining about the "economy" and "oil prices" without understanding as much as basic economics or business. Let us not start becoming heros here and compare ourselves to Egypt and Libya.

If you want a job, study something useful and work for it. If you want to change the government, gain influence in society with your status and people will listen to you. The only obstacle to doing these things is self righteousness and thinking one deserves everything handed to them. I don't want to know what will happen when this so-called "generation who have no reason to respect their parents and police" grows up and have children of their own. Perhaps these are the people who don't deserve the respect.
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DavidH
Travis Lupick appears to be one of the narcissistic, self-entitled whiners who would rather loot and destroy than get on the with job of building a better world. No surprise. Vancouver is full of them, and they make me sick.

The "poor" involved in the London riots are wearing $500 worth of shoes and track suits. They're using Blackberries to communicate. They haven't been sent to war. And they couldn't give a crap about the environment, the future, their fellow humans, or anything else.

Generally speaking, they are spoiled brats who need to be smacked upside the head repeatedly, until they learn that the world isn't all about them.

Mr. Lupick obviously needs similar "treatment".
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buzz
Can't wait until you are older and don't get any respect either Travis. You've already set yourself as "entitled". Guess what, you aren't entitled to sh*t. Try being just slightly grateful for once in your life. What's so bad? Don't have the latest electronic thingy for your ipod? Had to walk on the other side of the street because someone is in your way. What a loser you are. Millions of people around the world don't have food or water and you want to b*tch because of "economic disparities"??? You should shuffle back to your little cave and let the real youth of today (like John H -see above) grow up and rule the world. Angry youth are nothing new, it's just that now they feel entitled to be jerks. And Travis is leading the pack.
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Meh
sigh, every generation has riots and disorder at least once.
how quickly people forget history then armchair quarterback their shock and outrage when it happens all over again.

this only went on for so long in the UK because they keep all their riot equipment in N. Ireland to oppress the masses there. cops also don't care, if you cut 40k of their jobs like Cameron did they aren't going to jump to respond to looting


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Standing Water BA LLD MBA
"If you want a job, study something useful and work for it."

What a fucking moron. Some hogs, those working hogs, more equal than the other hogs, right, and if you're not a working hog, just don't get to why at the point, because it's well accepted not everyone is, you're just not worth it. "Can't study? Fuck you." There, I summarized your whole blithering idiot post.

"I don't want to know what will happen when this so-called "generation who have no reason to respect their parents and police" grows up and have children of their own."

Luckily many more than ever before in history are too intelligent to breed in what is, environmentally, a polluted sewer, and, institutionally, a prison. Want to leave Canada? Better take your parole-card (passport) with you, otherwise you'll get picked up when you try to move on in to another prison-state.

And the sad thing is, these rioting kids have been deprived of the rather simple education that enables them to articulate it is all a farce. If it has a mouth, eyes, flesh, it is called a "natural person", and it exists in fact _and_ in law. No eyes, no mouth, no flesh, it's called a "lie." Anyone braying about the "destruction" of the "property of others" (e.g. corporate property in cities), go find out how many _dwelling houses_ have been attacked. I bet very few.
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History buffoon
Congrats, Gen Y, for raging against the boomers.

Gen X - that's me - took our parents' screwing of us and the planet in stride, and either dropped out or disappeared into apathy.

But Gen X knows that "jobs" suck, too. We know that middle class values (thoughtlessly buying, earning, wasting, sleeping comfortably) are nothing to be proud of, nothing to strive for.

So riot on, dudes.

You've got allies.
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shoddy roddy
Lazy writing. Read Gwynne Dyer's piece. Much more accurate and thoughtful.
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Jan Burton
"A generation who have no reason to respect their parents or police"

Right - because the Loony Left told them they had no reason.

The last 30 years have been all about hating authority, a sense of entitlement and ranting against the status quo while producing nothing worthy of taking its place.

And what has this mentality produced? A generation that riots against "the man" by burning and looting their own areas. Brilliant.

These selfish twits (and all their "allies") need to be deported to Somalia for a crash-course on poverty and oppression.
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Jan Burton
"So riot on, dudes. You've got allies."

Can they loot and destroy YOUR home and business or just everyone else's?
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Get Real
The majority of youth of today stand for nothing & couldn't care less about making the world a better place ... they focus on materialism, greed & a good pic for their Facebook page.

Any time something like this happens, some journalist has to put a 'youth in revolt' spin on it ... honestly, quit giving them the credit of 'revolting' against any worthwhile 'cause' other than their own material gain or plain stupid kicks ...

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LostMyGlasses
Anybody calling whats going on in London "first world issues" hasn't spent any time in the London ghetto's or the Parisian ghetto's. These are places you wouldn't recognize if you stumbled upon them.

While travelling I found places in Africa and South Asia safer and more optimistic.

Most people talking against these riots have an idea of London as this beautiful wealthy city with Shakespearean plays and pretty accents. There is a large class of people that do not fit in what so ever into that ideal caricature of London. It is a very unequal place.
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buzz
@ Lostmyglasses, The world is an unequal place. As for all the losers who don't like my previous post - grow up. You don't have to agree with me (unlike you, I don't expect everything to be perfect), but try to understand that your life would be better if you had an ounce of gratitude just to be alive. You could have just as easily been born in Somalia, or Iran, or some other hellhole. You could have been raped , beaten, and generally abused as a child, but YOU WERE LUCKY. The "economic disparities" that Travis whines about have been around since the beginning of man. It"s not a question of whether you think the glass is half full or half empty (YOUR CHOICE), but rather a question of whether you are just happy to have a glass (YOUR CHOICE). Obviously Travis and his loser friends just want a bigger glass. By the way, all these economically deprived people are using their blackberrys to plan their fight against oppression.
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Standing Water BA LLD MBA
Buzz, you reminded me of one of my fav. poems:

"The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."

How is your passionately intense support for the prison-industrial-nation-state system working for you?
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buzz
My passion is working just fine for me. How about yours?? My conviction is for people who choose to work for their rewards, not those who want something for nothing. Go back and read the post by John H. That's what you should be working for. I'm always amused when "liberals" think they have the high moral ground. It's so easy to blame others for how thing turned out isn't it? Who's fault is it that you don't value others - only yourself???
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Sandra Sawers
It's fine to talk about going to school, studying hard, getting a good education, and working hard at whatever job you can get. Have you lived in London, or Chicago, buzz? It's a bit different from Vancouver. And it's even more different if you're a person of colour. And you may be a person of colour in Vancouver, buzz--that can be rough. But at least you start at the same place everyone else does.

When you don't have a chance to get a job, and the unemployment rate is 30%, what does it mean to be a hard-working guy then, when you're living in Mum's flat and have to live off her? What kind of man are you then? It doesn't mean you have the right to burn down the business park, but you can see why there's more optimism and better morale in some poverty-stricken countries in Africa (where they do all have cell-phones) than there is in Brixton. And in the USA they don't riot because they spend more money putting black men in prison than they do on education.
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